Mike Mueller celebrates his comeback as Luke Conrad. First in the cinema, then on Swiss television.
In February 2019, Swiss television SRF buried the crime series “The Undertaker”. Even the highly successful series is not destined to last forever. Lead actor Mike Mueller left the screen. It’s over and Amen.
The audience sheds tears. “Let the mortuary get up,” she appealed in messages to Swiss television SRF. When Susan Wylie, Director of Culture, presented the highlights of the new programs for SRF’s fiction department in Basel on Thursday, she said: “We will fulfill this desire, which has been brought to us many times.”
The Undertaker, who has become a cult figure for countless viewers, is celebrating his return. And in a 90-minute feature film. This time around, Mike Mueller is investigating the role of Luke Conrad with his crew at an old hotel in Engadin. There, the hotel manager dies first and then other people under mysterious circumstances. There is murder and death, and Luke Conrad and his criminal instincts come back to life.
“Yeah, that’s brave.”
“The film should not be a sequel to the Undertaker series,” said Mike Muller, who was in Basel on Thursday. The action does not take place in Aarau and the surrounding area, but above all in Graubünden, more precisely: in Sint and in Val Sinstra in the Engadin.
The production will be shown in Swiss cinemas at the end of March 2023. It will also be shown on SRF at the end of next year.
SRF dares to film the cinema, which is not expected to have a great future. anachronism? “Yes, that’s brave, but we’re trying,” says Mike Mueller. After all, “The Undertaker” can count on a large fan base.
You want to “bold experiments, but also appeal to the general public,” said Baptiste Blanche, head of new fiction at SRF since May. That must be the case with the continuation of the “Tschugger” series set in the Valais. The first season, with its grotesque humor, was a “huge success story”. The second five-episode season airs on Sky Switzerland Pay from mid-September and on SRF from 18 December.
The next episode of the Swiss series “Tatort” from Zurich (titled: “Risks with Side Effects”) flashed on the screens on September 11th at 8:30 pm. Those still not exhausted can watch the new mini-series Emma Lies at 9:45 p.m.: The six 15-minute episodes, presented in one piece, are about a young girl who highlights conflicts within the family.
And then there will be The new series “Shadows”. According to Planche, it is “a mixture of elements of thriller and drama, but also a lot of humor.” Starting October 30, Roeland Wiesnekker will play in six episodes an ex-cop who founds a school for private investigators due to a lack of money. The city of Basel is pursued and researched, including in the former industrial area of Klebec, at the zoo, at the FC Basel training grounds near St. Jacob’s Park and at the Art Museum.
Fantasy Autumn on SRF TV – promises fun entertainment when the weather turns uncomfortably cold again.
Martin Forer Writer and columnist in the Society/Culture Department. He writes about man, and man as well, but also on topics of interest to political Basel.More information
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